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Attorney’s lawsuit claims Verizon’s contractor put him at risk and a 5G pole cheapens his realty by $128K

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An Atlanta attorney representing himself and 110 of his neighbors in a class action has filed a lawsuit against Verizon Wireless claiming that the carrier sent unmasked contractors to his City of Sandy Springs, Ga. home, in a “corporate invasion,” that put his family and neighbors at risk of contracting COVID-19 as well as diseases rumored to be linked to …

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Feds warn of attacks against towers and techs that maintain them

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The nation’s telecommunications companies are being warned by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that extremists, fueled by a conspiracy theory linking 5G cellular networks and the coronavirus, may escalate attacks against employees and infrastructure. “We assess conspiracy theories linking the spread of COVID-19 to the expansion of the 5G cellular network are inciting attacks against the communications infrastructure globally …

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If found to be “essential” workers, tower techs would get a $13 hourly pay boost under HEROES Act

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Yesterday, House Democrats unveiled their coronavirus assistance bill, which will include measures to keep families online through the duration of the pandemic and possibly provide a huge pay increase to telecom field workers. It will also provide a new direct cash stimulus check for $1,200. The 1,800-plus page HEROES Act with $3 trillion in funding, will have about $5.5 billion …

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Lawsuit challenges FCC’s C-band reorganization, broadcasters want COVID-19 costs considered

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Video programming provider PSSI Global Services LLC (PSSI) is taking the FCC to court over the agency’s controversial reorganization of the C-band spectrum, arguing that the agency is crippling an entire industry. In February, the FCC adopted new rules to auction and make available 280 Megahertz of the 3.7-4.2 GHz band available for 5G Services while relocating existing satellite operations …

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Labeled as ‘suspicious’, two more cell towers set ablaze in Quebec

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Police are investigating two more cell tower fires that occurred early this morning in towns near Montreal, Canada. Wireless Estimator reported on Friday that a multi-tenant Rogers Communications monopole was completely destroyed, possibly by anarchists protesting misguided beliefs that 5G transmissions are dangerous. This morning’s fires are also being viewed as “suspicious” by authorities. Firefighters were first called to a cell …

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Officials unsure whether Canadian cell tower fire was the work of anarchists industry was looking for

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Fire officials in Laval, a city north of Montreal, Canada, have not yet identified whether a multiple-tenant Rogers Communications monopole was purposely set on fire early Friday morning by anarchists protesting misguided beliefs that 5G transmissions are dangerous, although it has been rebutted throughout the world, especially in Canada where a private/public collaboration recently published an excellent report to dispel 5G …

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American Tower expects accelerated T-Mobile work beginning in Q3, manages COVID-19

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American Tower Corporation reported steady financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, emphasizing how the company is responding to the ever-changing coronavirus landscape. Tom Bartlett, American Tower’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we delivered a solid first quarter, including U.S. organic tenant billings growth of 5.6%, consistent international leasing activity and a 20% …

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Twitter targets panicking tin hat conspiracy theories stating 5G causes coronavirus

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Twitter has added conspiracy theories to their ever-increasing list of unverified coronavirus claims that are grounds for removal. “We have broadened our guidance on unverified claims that incite people to engage in harmful activity, could lead to the destruction or damage of critical 5G infrastructure, or could lead to widespread panic, social unrest, or large-scale disorder,” Twitter announced. Examples they …

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AT&T acknowledges permitting and work force shortages as it builds out FirstNet, 5G

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AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, while discussing the carrier’s Q1 earnings with analysts yesterday said the company is still building FirstNet and enhancing their 5G network’s density, but he echoed the general concern of all carriers, their inability to get timely permitting for new projects. “These [projects] require permitting and government officials, and government officials are sheltered in place…so while we …

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Kenwood Telecom remains open and ready to assist the wireless infrastructure industry

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A leading wireless manufacturer and supplier, Kenwood Telecom, headquartered in Acworth, Georgia, continues to follow CDC guidelines while allowing its operations to run smoothly and service the communications infrastructure community. “Your team here at Kenwood Telecom continues to follow the coronavirus developments with deep care and concern. We take our civic responsibility to continue following the CDC’s suggested practices very …

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Coalition asks Congress to not use COVID-19 recovery money to fund T-Mobile’s merger commitments

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The Communications Workers of America (CWA), New America’s Open Technology Institute, the Rural Wireless Association, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, the American Economic Liberties Project, and Free Press Action sent a letter yesterday calling on Congress to ensure that T-Mobile does not receive COVID-19 recovery funding to meet the merger specific build-out commitments it agreed to when it sought …

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FCC approves Ligado’s 5G network over strong protests about GPS concerns

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The FCC has approved, with conditions, Ligado’s application to deploy a low-power terrestrial nationwide network in the L-band that will primarily support 5G and Internet of Things (I0T) services. The Democratic and Republican leaders of both armed services committees called last week for rejecting Ligado’s plan. Last month, the departments of Interior, Commerce, Justice, Energy and Homeland Security all signed a …

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CTIA issues best practices for permitting issues during pandemic

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To keep Americans connected and meet the increased demand for wireless—from first responders, patients and doctors, children learning remotely and employees fortunate to work from home—the industry needs to continue deploying network infrastructure and CTIA has offered its best practices for permitting of continued deployment by state and local governments so the industry can meet today’s network needs as well …

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Trenton, NJ council chief joins Kool-Aid crowd and buys into coronavirus 5G conspiracy hoax

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Trenton, New Jersey City Council President Kathy McBride appears to easily accept a hoax and her most recent foray was falling for a 5G conspiracy deception along with other city council members that reportedly prompted them to draft a proposal (below) banning the construction of towers and antennas in New Jersey’s Capital, according to the Trentonian. A letter from a …

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NATE’s contractor COVID-19 Impact Survey provides an excellent snapshot of concerns

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today unveiled the results of the Association’s Member COVID-19 Impact Survey. The survey provides some interesting details such as 24% of their members stating that they pulled tower crews from the field. The survey, conducted over a six day period from Friday, March 27 to Wednesday, April 1, 2020, included responses from 224 member …

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NATE webinar will help contractors understand CARES Act as they navigate troubled financial waters

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Wireless contractors and other infrastructure businesses scrambling to determine how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act applies to them will welcome a webinar scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EDT to be presented by NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association with Brian Gramm, a prominent small business consultant from Seemore Hawk. This important webinar …

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UK 5G towers still being torched amid bogus coronavirus theories supported in the U.S.

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United Kingdom wireless operators and government officials strongly condemned acts of violence by individuals incorrectly linking 5G to COVID-19 after vandals set fire to at least five cell sites, the very infrastructure that is keeping people connected and safe during the pandemic. Rumors and conspiracy theories over a link between the roll out of 5G and the spread of coronavirus …

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FirstNet platform turns 2 as AT&T offers first responder agencies free smartphones for life

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As the nation continues to combat the spread of coronavirus, the FirstNet communications platform, built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority is bringing advanced capabilities to first responders across the country. Now, first responder public safety agencies on FirstNet can get premium FirstNet Ready smartphone devices for free for their agency paid users to connect them to critical …